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“Perhaps Penn State agreeing to sign this consent decree is an indication of their appreciation for what is their real exposure here, and that is to the victims in the civil litigation that is to follow.” _ Matt Casey, an attorney whose legal team represents several victims in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.

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“Vacating wins is a hollow punishment that will be forgotten by the time the next season begins. Bans from bowl games have been issued in the past because players traded championship rings for tattoos. This is not a punishment that is equal to the horrific crimes that happened at Penn State.” _ Karen Polesir of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, an advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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“It was kind of just like a head shaker. You knew it was coming, but it was hard to hear.” _ Matt Bray, a Penn State freshman.

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“To go that severe is not fair. I felt that went too far. Four years, that damages the whole program.” _ Sam Zamrik, a retired Penn State professor and 40-year season-ticket holder.

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“Now’s a time for us to come together and heal. They’ve got the criminals in jail. Those who’ve passed on have to take that to their graves with them. The rest of us have to stay here and figure out how to heal. I mean, it’s still a great institution, it’s still a great university, and it’s our job to make it better.” _ Troy Cromwell, wide receiver on Penn State’s 1986 national championship team.

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“I also want assurance from Penn State that no taxpayer dollars will be used to pay the $60 million fine imposed on the university today.” _ Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett who, as attorney general, launched the state investigation of Jerry Sandusky.